As teenagers, there may have been nothing worse than the appearance of acne before a big social event or a first date. Hopefully, as time went on, those pimples faded away. However, many of us in San Antonio still suffer in adulthood from the side effects of acne: those dreaded scars. Atrophic scars, or acne scars, are a painful reminder of our most awkward age, and they can be difficult to handle. However, there are ways to minimize and get rid of them that your cosmetic dermatologist can help you with. Here are some treatments for your acne scarring.
Believe it or not, Botox can be an effective treatment for scarring. Maybe you’d never considered Botox before because you thought it was for “older” people, but that’s just not the case anymore. Botulinum toxin, the technical name for Botox, can help smooth your skin and lessen the appearance of scars. It is injected under the site of the scarring, and works to relax the skin and muscles in the area. Scarring occurs because muscles and skin have pulled the wound open during the healing phase. Botox helps lessen the stress and close the wound. If you think you may benefit from Botox to treat your acne scarring, then contact a cosmetic dermatologist.
There are several creams that your cosmetic dermatologist can recommend to help with your scarring, depending on how severe it is. The best ones are those that have ingredients that encourage your skin to produce collagen. Those ingredients include vitamin C, retinol, and glycolic acid. Collagen can give your skin more vibrancy and elasticity, which can help lessen the effect of scarring. Creams probably won’t work well for deep scarring, however.
Dermabrasion is another technique that encourages your skin to produce collagen. There are at-home products that can help with this, but it’s best to see your dermatologist for the best advice. Dermabrasion is a process where the affected area on your skin is pricked with tiny needles, causing tiny wounds. Your body’s natural healing system then goes into action to try to heal those wounds. Collagen is a big part of the healing process, and the result is that the collagen not only heals those tiny wounds, but also gives your skin some of that elasticity that can make scarring fade.
Chemical peels involve using a medicinal chemical to exfoliate the skin. Eventually, the skin will then peel off, making room for new skin to grow. This means that the new skin will be acne free, and therefore smoother. It essentially works like a super-powered exfoliation, leaving your skin refreshed and regenerated.
FIllers are another way of encouraging collagen, although this technique involves injecting collagen right into the affected site as opposed to encouraging natural production. This injection of collagen will raise up the level of your wounded skin to that of your undamaged skin, thereby making your skin smoother and lessening the appearance of scarring. These fillers can be milder or stronger, depending on the severity of your scarring. Since atrophic scarring is usually scarring that digs into the skin, this can be a very effective treatment.
The pain of acne can reverberate well into adulthood, and the scars can cause discomfort, embarrassment, and a lack of confidence. Talk to your dermatologist to see what treatment might be right for you.